Health Justice & Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager

Job Type

Full Time

Salary

Details: NYLPI offers a competitive salary.

Published

09/14/2018

Application Deadline

10/19/2018

Address

151 West 30th Street
11th Floor
New York
NY
10001-4017
United States

Description

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a community-driven civil rights organization, seeks a

Staff Attorney/Project Manager in its Health Justice Program to lead a signature NYLPI campaign

providing immigration and health care representation to undocumented and uninsured immigrants with

serious health conditions. The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will work to connect immigrants to Statefunded

Medicaid and will lead systemic policy and advocacy campaigns to increase health access for

immigrant New Yorkers.


The Health Justice program brings a racial justice and immigrant rights focus to health care advocacy in

New York City and State. In partnership with individuals and community-based organizations, we use a

wide range of advocacy tools – including community organizing, coalition-building, individual

representation, impact litigation, and legislative advocacy – to advance four broad goals: (1) challenge

health disparities; (2) eliminate racial and ethnic discrimination and systemic and institutional barriers

that limit access to healthcare; (3) promote immigrant and language access to healthcare; and (4) address

the social determinants of health so that all New Yorkers can live a healthier lives..


About the role:

The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will lead NYLPI’s “UndocuCare” campaign. Responsibilities

include: direct representation of undocumented and uninsured immigrants with serious health conditions;

analyzing comprehensive health and immigration intakes completed by advocates and interns; performing

outreach and public education and coordinating screening clinics where valuable; strategizing around

representation, campaign goals, and structure and process; and developing systemic solutions informed by

individual client work. The Attorney/Project Manager will participate in high-impact policy advocacy

around access to healthcare for undocumented New Yorkers and will have a central role on the Coverage

4 All Steering Committee. The Staff Attorney/Project Manager will work both independently and in

collaboration with other attorneys, community organizers, and communications and lobbying experts.


About UndocuCare:

The UndocuCare campaign developed out of a great unmet need in New York City. Over the last five

years, NYLPI’s team has become deeply knowledgeable about the intersection of immigration and health

and has developed a practice taking on complex cases in a holistic manner. The team includes the

Attorney/Project Manager, Bilingual Immigrant Health Advocate, legal and social work interns, and

receives support from NYLPI’s other attorneys, advocates, and community organizers.


QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

• Attorney in good standing and licensed to practice law in New York or eligible for admission to

the New York bar at the time of hiring (must be admitted within one year of hire).

• At least three years of experience representing clients in affirmative immigration applications and

petitions such as asylum, I-130 and I-485 petitions, U- and T- Nonimmigrant status, and deferred

action required.

• Commitment to health care advocacy

• Excellent leadership skills, strategic judgment, entrepreneurial spirit, and the drive to originate

and effectuate challenging campaigns.


Preferred:

• At least five years of experience with legal, policy and/or administrative advocacy.

• Exposure to health care systems and/or Medicaid a plus.

• Experience working with coalitions of community members and community-based organizations

highly valued.

• Excellent writing, analytic and public speaking skills and ability to be flexible in approach and

strategy.

• Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred.


We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically

oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our

advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture

of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and

effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively

recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to

race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and

gender identity.


About NYLPI

For more than 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by

race, immigration status, poverty, neighborhood pollution, and disabilities. NYLPI pioneered the practice

of community lawyering in the five boroughs of New York City. These communities shape our priorities,

and their struggles for justice demand innovative solutions. Our interdisciplinary teams of advocates use

every tool available – community organizing, impact litigation and individual representation, policy

advocacy, media, pro bono partnerships, and public education – to solve seemingly intractable problems,

develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice. We strive to create equal access to health

care, achieve equality of opportunity and self-determination for people with disabilities, ensure immigrant

opportunity, strengthen local nonprofits, and secure environmental justice for low-income communities of

color.


To learn more about NYLPI, visit www.nylpi.org.

Benefits

Comprehensive employer-paid benefits, including health insurance, short- and long-term disability and life insurance, an outstanding retirement savings plan, and fifteen (15) days of vacation during the first year of employment.

Level of Language Proficiency

We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically

oppressed groups to apply.

• Proficiency in Spanish strongly preferred.

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

J.D.

How To Apply

jobs@nylpi.org
http://www.nylpi.org

Please send applications by October 19, 2018 to jobs@nylpi.org with the words “Attention: Health

Justice & Immigration Staff Attorney/Project Manager Position.” Applications will be considered on

a rolling basis, and must include:


(1) detailed cover letter answering the following required question in your cover letter: How have

your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, prepared you to contribute

to our commitment to cultural competency and diversity?

(2) resume

(3) writing sample

(4) three references (including daytime telephone numbers)


We strongly encourage candidates fluent in multiple languages and candidates from historically

oppressed groups to apply. We are committed to advancing social justice and civil rights in our

advocacy, and we value the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture

of the office. We strive to promote behaviors, attitudes and policies that enable us to work inclusively and

effectively in cross-cultural situations with clients, co-workers, and community partners. We actively

recruit and seek to grow and maintain a staff that is diverse along many axes, including but not limited to

race, ethnicity, and national origin; disability; socioeconomic background; and sexual orientation and

gender identity.


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